I was surprised when I started noticing tweets by comic book writer and tantrum thrower Mark Waid in my Twitter feed. He raged quit Twitter some time ago and it’s been a while since I’ve read anything from him on Twitter. Here was the last thing he wrote before taking his Twitter ball and going home:
I flew off the handle this morning after being blatantly libeled by a disreputable website. Inexcusable of me. I apologize to all. Over/out.
Now that he’s logging back into Twitter and saying things again, I’m seeing him in my feed. It doesn’t seem from his current Twitter offerings that he’s claimed down all that much.
Here’s a tweet where he says YouTuber Capn Cummings, currently deployed serving in the U.S. military, harasses young women and readers should stay away from him:
This, from the guy who a few weeks ago spent a full minute stammering about how much he loves my work and what an honor it was to talk to me. I’m calling him out not to pick on a “fan,” but to warn readers he’s a serial harasser of young women, stay away. https://t.co/Uk0JavQGkA
That’s a heavy accusation to throw around, serial harasser of young women, especially when it’s not backed up by even a shred of evidence. It just makes it seem like Paul Cummings is yet another sexual weirdo like all the other sexual weirdos in the news lately. The point is, he’s not.
Mark Waid, of course, knows this because he is a writer of words. It’s what he does for a living. He takes words, throws them down in a specific order so that the reader comes to an intended conclusion.
I think Mark Waid is a talented writer, but a terrible human being with mental problems.
For anyone attending this weekend’s (excellent) Baltimore Comic Con, I have an important request. There is a serial YouTube harasser named Richard C Meyer who I’m told may be attending as a fan. If anyone sees this gentleman or any of his friends, I need you to come find me and tell me immediately. Even if I’m on a panel, come up and interrupt.
Please circulate this request as widely as you possibly can through all your social media accounts. Fellow pros, tell each other. This is about attempting to lessen the harassment of women in comics, and it is important. Please spread the word. Thank you.
Talk about creating an unsafe environment.
The YouTube harasser Mark Waid is referring to is the person who maintains the Diversity & Comics channel. I had never heard of the channel until I first read about Mark Waid’s call for stalking at the Baltimore Comic Con. Contrary to what Mark Waid says, the guy is not a harasser, serial or otherwise. He just talks about comic books in a pleasant, unpretentious, and upbeat tone. I watched a couple of his videos and I then subscribed. I recommend his channel to anyone with an interest in comic books. I recommend his channel to anyone who is unhappy with the social justice aspect of too many of today’s comics, especially those published by Marvel Comics.
This is his most viewed video:
Back to Mark Waid. It’s hard not to look at Mark Waid’s Facebook post as a sign of severe mental instability. If you claim to be a friend of Mark Waid and you don’t encourage him to seek help, you really aren’t a friend of his. In his mind he has decided a person he doesn’t know is a harasser of women (?) and is asking for strangers to seek this person out and then immediately alert him to this fact. In what universe is this normal behavior?
Is your name Richard?
Mark Waid doesn’t know what the person looks like. None of the people Mark Waid hopes to enlist know what this person looks like. This means they will be looking for someone named Richard who is a serial harasser. My name is Richard. This means that if went to the Baltimore Comic Con, I would have to worry about one of Mark Waid’s acolytes misidentifying me as their prey. I was actually thinking on attending tomorrow, but considering how Mark Waid has made it open season on anyone named Richard, I can’t even think about going now.
If only Baltimore Comic Con had a policy against stalking
If only Baltimore Comic Con had a harassment policy that would prohibit something like this from happening. Oh, that’s right. They do have a harassment policy that prohibits something like this from happening. Mark Waid is asking for his fellow professionals, friends, fans, and strangers to stalk someone named Richard. What if someone reading Mark Waid’s call to action is even more mentally unstable than he is? The Baltimore Comic Con’s harassment policy forbids stalking. Mark Waid is evidently exempt from this policy. This means the Baltimore Comic Con harassment policy is worthless. What’s worse than not having a harassment policy? Having one and not enforcing it.
If I don’t want to be harassed or stalked because of my name, I need to stay away from Baltimore Comic Con. Mark Waid and the Baltimore Comic Con’s inability to enforce its own harassment policy has made the event unsafe for me.
Comic book writer Mark Waid wrote a long post on Facebook sharing is his feelings on the 2016 presidential election. Spoiler alert, he’s not too happy about how the whole thing turned out.
Donald Trump won and Hillary Clinton lost. Like Mark Waid, I’m not happy with Trump being our president. Even though I voted for her, I wouldn’t have been happy if Hillary Clinton won either. That’s one of the things that made this election such a giant, Costco-sized bucket of suck. No matter who won, the result was going to be pretty awful.
Mark Waid began his post by stating that his therapist told him that he’s in the grieving stage with the outcome of the election. The post pretty much goes downhill from there.
He then talked about appearing at comic book conventions in red states. Some comic book professionals have vowed not to attend comic book conventions in states that voted for Donald Trump. Mark will not do that. He’ll attend conventions in red states. The difference is, he’ll use his straight white male privilege to create safe spaces at these conventions.
As a straight white male, I carry with me a certain amount of privilege. That doesn’t mean I’m diving through a money bin. Privilege doesn’t mean I snap my fingers and women come running. What it means is that I was born with a pigment and a nationality that makes me safe from hate crimes, from bigotry, from the kind of fearmongering our President-elect spewed in all fifty states these last 16 months.
So I’ve decided to use that privilege on the convention trail. I respect and agree with my friend Humberto’s decision, but I’m in a different place, and after talking to my friends who are Not Like Me, I think it’s a better use of my privilege to go to shows everywhere and help create safe spaces, as many of you already do (and thank you). It is pretty literally the least I can do.
I’m not hard to find at shows. If you’re a fan or creator and are ever, ever made to feel uncomfortable on a convention floor, come find me. If it’s a fleeting thing, just come hang out. If, on the other hand, you can point out the aggressors, I will rain HELLFIRE on your behalf, I PROMISE you. Ask anyone. They’ll tell you that I’ll flip tables on bullies and creeps, and I’ll have your back. And while I’ve never had to use it, I’ve got enough clout to have hatemongers flat-out thrown out of shows, and I am not above those sorts of nuclear options.
I’ve never seen Mark Waid in person, at least I don’t think I have. Judging by his photos, he doesn’t strike me as a very intimidating person. I don’t think he’d ever be mistaken for a Dothraki Bloodrider.
I haven’t felt the need to attend a comic book convention in quite some time. It just never seems worth it. Panels are now usually posted to YouTube. You can buy anything sold at a comic book convention online, usually for a lot less than what it can be purchased for at the convention. Not that you would necessarily even want to buy anything sold at a comic book convention, unless of course it has nothing to do with comic books.
Now that Mark is offering to use his straight white male privilege for anyone who asks, it might be fun to go to a comic book convention again.
The next time Mark attends a convention in the neighboring red state of Pennsylvania, I may have to go. I want to see him rain Hellfire and flip tables. I don’t even know what Hellfire is. Something tells me it’s not nice. Hellfire sounds dangerous, especially if used indoors and without proper ventilation.
Now that I think of it, the last time I went to the Baltimore Comic Con, the fire alarm went off. Everyone had to exit the building. Could Mark Waid raining Hellfire on someone have caused the fire alarm to go off? This was before his promise on Facebook, but who knows if Mark Waid follows liner time. If he’s powerful enough to rain Hellfire, maybe he’s powerful enough to manipulate time and space.
I annoy my wife all the time
If it takes too long to see Mark Wade do his thing, I could have my wife go to Mark’s table to have him autograph my copy of Kingdom Come #3. She could then just casually mention to Mark that I annoy her.
It wouldn’t even be a lie. I annoy her all the time. She’ll ask me to do something and I then forget to do it. That’s got to be very annoying.
Once Mark hears that I’ve annoyed my wife, that I annoy her all the time, he’s obligated to rain forth his Hellfire upon me. He’s also obligated to flip my table. Considering that I wouldn’t have a table, that might be hard for him to do. He promised to do these things on Facebook, so by law, he has to do them.
This past weekend at MegaCon comic book writer Mark Waid and comic book artist Ethan Van Sciver harassed pretend comic book artist Rob Granito. They took exception to a comment he made about comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie, who died late last month. Granito posted a statement on Facebook claiming that he had worked with McDuffie and he implied that the two men were friends.
Granito never worked with McDuffie, nor were they ever friends. He made it up to help give himself credibility as a professional comic book artist.
Granito makes money by claiming to be a professional comic book artist and then charging people money for original comic book themed art. Granito creates the art by tracing the work of others. He’s been doing this for years. If you’ve been to a comic book convention in the past several years, you’ve probably seen Granito sitting at a booth, peddling his awful looking fakes.
It’s just that when I heard that he’d tried to capitalize off Dwayne’s death, that was the last straw for me. I saw red and stormed over with Ethan. We were both livid. I told Fraudboy in no uncertain terms that I will personally contact every convention there is and warn them not to give him a table if they ever want to see me or MY friends there, EVER. I also screamed at him when he said “Well, truthfully–” that he is not allowed to use that word, ever, ever. That word means nothing coming from him.
I believe my exact endquote, two hours before the show closed, was, “Make your money here, because this is your last convention. Do you understand me? This is your last show.” That’s right, I was so pissed, I unilaterally appointed myself Sheriff of All Comicons. I should have a badge made.
I think my favorite moment was when this kid said to Ethan–after lying when asked if he’d actually claimed to have worked with Dwayne (a claim he ABSOLUTELY made)–“I just considered him a friend, same as I’d consider you a friend–” and Ethan growled “Let’s make this clear: I am NOT YOUR FRIEND.”
Dear Fraudboy: When you have comics’ leading leftwing socialist hippiefreak AND comics’ leading rightwing Nazi teaming up to smack you down, YOU HAVE F*CKED UP.
So there you have it. Rob Granito has officially had his funny book convention privileges revoked. When someone as prominent as Sheriff of All Comicons Mark Waid tells you it’s your last comic book convention, it’s your last comic book convention.
Wizard World has already announced that Rob Granito is now banned from their shows. You can expect all the rest to follow suit.
Do not be a douchbag
Let this be a lesson to douchbags everywhere. While it’s acceptable to go to a comic book convention and pretend you are Spider-Man or Darth Vader, it’s not acceptable to pretend you are a comic book artist. Mark Waid and Ethan Van Sciver won’t yell at you if you pretend to be a Klingon, but they will yell at you if you pretend to be a comic book artist.